After years of full time work as a Management Consultant I became a freelance and was able to work part time. This enabled me to do a City and Guilds in Creative Embroidery, at the East Berkshire College in Windsor. After the 4 years I went on to do a further 3 year Higher Education Diploma in Stitched Textiles.
On graduation I started to exhibit and now sell my work through galleries and at exhibitions. What started as a leisure interest became an obsession and now takes up most of my time and energy…
My passion and inspiration is landscape; woodland and waterside, fields and moorland, sea and sky. My ideas come from walking in the countryside. My aim is to distil that rich experience to its simplest elements of light, shade, line, and colour. I use fabric and thread to evoke a sense of place and the feeling of being there.
My early work was a celebration of the woodland and waterside around Windsor Forest, Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water. I called these pieces ‘Elegies to an Ancient Landscape.
I now live in West Dorset so I am now discovering the delights of this beautiful county and finding ways of capturing the special atmosphere of its varied landscape.
I also try to develop my range of creativity and techniques by creating experimental pieces that are often more abstract and may draw on other areas of my experience. My most recent experiments have resulted in the series “Found Landscapes”. These use as their background the ‘drop cloth’ that I used to protect my print table for 7 years. The process I used for these is described in My News. I work on these ‘Found Landscapes’ in parallel with my other landscapes.
All my pieces also represent an inner landscape; they are my emotional response to the natural world.
I hope they help you to connect with landscapes that have meaning for you.
2007 Higher Education Diploma in Stitched Textiles
2002 City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Part I
2004 City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Part II